Peter Vallone, Jr., who said his colleagues “universally panned” Christine Quinn’s proposed budget reform, is welcoming the new vetting process for member items announced earlier today by Bill Thompson.
In a telephone interview just now, Vallone said, “We’re working to reform the system on our end. And I’m glad the mayor and comptroller Read More
After the meeting last night between Council members and Christine Quinn, Peter Vallone, Jr. told me that he supports reforms, but not some of the specific ones that Quinn proposed last week. If she takes the advice of the council, Vallone says, “We won’t be giving up any power to the executive branch.”
Quinn did Read More
The only thing that has gotten City Council members more angry than when they found out Christine Quinn’s staff hid millions of dollars in the city budget by assigning it to phony organizations are the reforms she proposed last week to prevent the same thing from happening again.
Quinn proposed Friday to Read More
Here’s part of the invitation for City Councilman Leroy Comrie’s April 19 fund-raiser, geared to female supporters. Comie is considered a likely candidate for Queens borough president.
Comrie is trying to close a fund-raising gap with the fund-raising leader in that race, Peter Vallone, Jr. (who got help from Michael Bloomberg). He’s Read More
During Michael Bloomberg’s weekly radio appearance on 77 WABC, host John Gambling asked him about Peter Vallone, Jr.’s most recent effort to have New York City secede from New York State and form the 51st state. Vallone’s reasoning is mainly economic–the city should stop giving money to the state because it isn’t getting Read More
The Department of Education faces another lawsuit, this one over racial exclusion in schools. [New York Times]
A report ordered by Ray Kelly shows racial discrepancy among those stopped by police. [City Room]
Rudy Giuliani is winning over young voters with his moderate social views, according to Ben Adler. [Read More
Here’s a picture of Kevin Spacey and Tony Bennett with Peter Vallone, Jr., courtesy of his new campaign web site. Vallone, the chair of the City Council’s public safety committee, is stepping up his campaign activities with four upcoming fund-raisers over the next four weeks, starting with one tonight at Citrus (320 Read More
A whistleblower protection bill supported for so long by UFT president Randi Weingarten easily passed the City Council’s Education Committee early today.
The bill had exactly one opponent on the committee, Peter Vallone, Jr.
His explanation: “Very strong whistleblower protection laws already exist.”
The bill comes up for a vote in front of Read More
On the still-hot topic of the NYPD’s undercover surveillance leading up to the Republican National Convention in 2004, I’ got a couple of starkly different reactions from members of the City Council.
Charles Barron, who was one of three current or former Council members named in the police report, was outraged to Read More
Here’s a clip of Councilman Peter Vallone laying into a representative from
Con Ed New York City Economic Development Corporation after it finally delivered a long-awaited report — just minutes before today’s hearing about last year’s blackout and Con Ed’s preparedness for spikes in usage this summer.
“You know, we’re used to this double-talk from Read More